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post #1 of 11
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Hi guys !
I am relatively new here.
First, i want to apologize about my bad english. I learned it myself from games and movies. Have in mind, I am from Bulgaria.
Now to the topic. I need some help with my first custom water loop. Excuse me for my pretty dumb questions.
What are your opinions about Phobya UC2-LT Plexi ?
And is it better than Swiftech Apogee XT ?
I know it is junk, but in a revew here it was on 3rd place overall and did better temps than all the blocks, except ЕК Supermacy series. Well, the difference was around one degree.. The bad thing about it is that it was the most restrictive of the bunch. My pump is Alphacool VPP655 with plexi top.
I will use dual 360 rads. Black Ice SR1 and XSPC RX360v2.
Now, there goes my next problem. Which mid atx case can fit them with fans inside the case ?
The Define S can do it, but the front rad's fans must be behind the front panel which eliminates the dust filter and restricts the air flow a lot.
The GPU block will be a universal one. Koolance GPU220 on a Asus R9 280X. Can you tell me what length extender i would need for it ?
I want to use one horizontal port which is going to the top radiator and the bottom vertical port will be going to the pump. Are 50mm going to be enough ?

Thanks !


PS: the letters and numbers on the drawing are the angle of the fittings and "или" means "or". Bulgarian...
The snow build is from a site i don't remember.



post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 
So, nobody wants to help me just because I am from Bulgaria or because i am a newbie ?
Nice...
post #3 of 11
Id say the thicker radiator is better
post #4 of 11
On your two major questions -

First, I much prefer the Apogee XT to the Phobya. Less restrictive and performs better in most tests....it is also a lot better looking in the case. Are those the only options?

A mid-tower that fits two 360mm well is tough. The Define S is probably your best choice, at least of the cases I am familiar with.
post #5 of 11
Case question

there are too many cases to advise, but here is a list.
www.corsair.com
https://www.bitfenix.com
http://www.phanteks.com/http://www.inwin-style.com
https://www.nzxt.com/
thermaltake
fractal design

not sure which block is better, but I would go with the swifttech

I am completely lost on your gpu block. not sure what an extender is. But if you are using a generic gpu block, make sure you get heat sinks for the memory.

I am not sure what you mean by your ports and their position. The position should not matter as long as your reservoir's are mounted properly. You will need a strong enough pump as well to push through your stuff. Make sure it is a D5 pump and you will be set.

Also, remember the drain port. You have to have a drain!!!

getting questions answered is hit or miss, but you have to be nice and try and keep your questions as simple as possible for the community.

They are here to help, but not do your research for you smile.gif

good luck with your build
Edited by movieman - 2/7/16 at 10:02pm
post #6 of 11
I will say this, it will be tough to find a mid tower that will accommodate your dual 360mm radiators. I know first hand, as it is the same boat that I am in right now. That being said, I do have a Define S, with both 360s installed. I modified the front panel to allow for airflow, but as you pointed out, their is no dust filter. You might give the Thermaltake Core x31 a look as it is has some similar features to the define S, but is a little more modular.

For the block, I would go for the Apogee, or if you can the EK Supremecy. I have used both, and they have been great in my experience.
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XFX RX 480 Black Edition GSkill Trident Z 3200 OCZ Trion, SK Hynix Canvas, HGST UIltrastar Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Benq 1440p Razer Blackwidow Tournament Silverstone Strider S 700w 
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i5 6600k MSI Z170 Gaming Carbon XFX R9 290x gSkill Ripjaw 5 DDR4 
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OCZ Arc 100 Western Digital SanDisk M.2 SSD Western Digital 
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Custom Water Cooling Windows 10 Crossover 1440p IPS Steelseries 6v2 
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post #7 of 11
Heres my suggestion on CPU block. For best performance lasping would be reqired.
Higher quality blocks like EK may have fully lasped surface but cheaper ones don't
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Well, thanks for the help so far.
I will probably get the Swiftech. The phobya might be a better performer, but I want reliability.
About the case- well, the Define S is still the best option. If it was just 2cm taller or longer...

PS: What is "lasping". Sorry, but my english isn't really good.
post #9 of 11
Lasping, is where you sand or file the surface of the waterblock,
To make it flat and smooth so better heat trasnfer can occur
post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Iwamotto Tetsuz View Post

Lasping, is where you sand or file the surface of the waterblock,
To make it flat and smooth so better heat trasnfer can occur

It's "lapping".
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